The Late Scholar

By Jill Paton Walsh
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9781250032799, 356pp.)

Publication Date: June 17, 2014

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When a dispute among the Fellows of St. Severin's College, Oxford University, reaches a stalemate, Lord Peter Wimsey discovers that as the Duke of Denver he is "the Visitor"—charged with the task of resolving the issue. It is time for Lord Peter and his detective novelist wife, Harriet, to revisit their beloved Oxford, where their long and literate courtship finally culminated in their engagement and marriage.

At first, the dispute seems a simple difference of opinion about a valuable manuscript that some of the Fellows regard as nothing but an insurance liability, which should be sold to finance a speculative purchase of land. The voting is evenly balanced. The Warden would normally cast the deciding vote, but he has disappeared. And when several of the Fellows unexpectedly die as well, Lord Peter and Harriet set off on an investigation to uncover what is really going on at St. Severin's.

With this return in The Late Scholar to the Oxford of Gaudy Night, which many readers regard as their favorite of Sayers's original series, Jill Paton Walsh at once revives the wit and brilliant plotting of the Golden Age of detective fiction.




About the Author
Jill Paton Walsh is the author of books for adults, young adults and children. Her novel "Knowledge of Angels" was short-listed for the Booker Prize. Her crime novels and mystery novels include "The Attenbury Emeralds", "A Presumption of Death", "The Wyndham Case" and "A Piece of Justice", which was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award. With Dorothy L. Sayers, she was co-author of "Thrones, Dominations". Her novels for children and young adults include "The Green Book" and "A Parcel of Patterns". She lives in Cambridge, England.
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